28 Aug 2004

Solomons health minister lashes conspiracy accusers

7:33 am on 28 August 2004

The Solomon Islands health minister believes there is a group that's trying to undermine his political leadership.

Benjamin Una has been accused of trying to lure Malaita parliamentarians to support the opposition to topple the national coalition government, and running a hate campaign against the Regional Assistance Mission.

Mr Una - who's denied the allegations - says the same group is spreading the stories, adding he knows the people involved.

He says the stories are false, because as a minister he supported the coalition government's decision to invite RAMSI to the country.

Mr Una says he's reported the matter to the police.